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  FOX    Mornings on 2    News  News/Business. New. (CC)  

    December 18, 2012
    7:00 - 9:00am PST  

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most schools resume in newtown, connecticut as we learn new details of harrowing survival of the day of the shooting. how one student made it out alive. >> reporter: a call to an east bay middle school prompts a full police investigation. how it is a sign that this school district is not taking any perceived threats lightly. >> reporter: we're live in palo alto where a drunk driver triggered the flooding of a
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busy intersection. we will explain how that happened and if you need to avoid any areas. hours ago, a car slammed right into that concord video store. why police say that was no accident. "mornings on 2" begins right now. well, good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. we're continuing to track developing news in palo alto where a suspected dui driver has been arrested for hitting a fire hydrant. ktvu channel 2 reporter janine de la vega is live on sandhill road with a look at the flooding and how traffic is being affected. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. well, actual iy, this intersection at sandhill and el camino just opened up about tree minutes ago -- three minutes ago. work crews were trying to work quickly to get this cleaned up
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because this road is used to get on 280. this whole area was flooded for the past five hours because a hydrant was shooting water into the air. here is a look at this guiser. officers say just before 1:00 a.m., the driver lost control and hit the fire hydrant and kept driving. police caught up with him and arrested him for suspected dui. it took several hours for public work crews to shut off the water because they had a hard time getting to the valve. >> at first, the guiser was about 50 feet high. it was a constant stream of water. it flooded the roadways where we stopped traffic going westbound and we had to block off eastbound traffic as well so the cars would not hydroplane or anything like that. >> reporter: the driver is 22 years old of woodside. police say he was cooperative. public work crews spent the morning mopping up the water
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and the debris and securing the hydrant of the police were using the parking lot to detour around the flooded area. back out here live, this intersection at sandhill and el camino is back open. you can just see the roads still wet but you can travel on them. good news for commuters, especially those who use sandhill to get through. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. five first responders became the victims in redwood city. they were hospitalized after a hazmat scare. firefighters with the sequoia trailer park -- went to the sequoia trailer park and say people there had set off a bug fogger but did not leave the home. they called 911 after starting to deal the effects of the insect tide. firefighters and -- insecticides.
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firefighters and three residents were taken to the hospital. they are all expected to be okay. well, classes resume, schools are open again this morning in newton, except for sandy hook elementary. we have new details about the mother of the shooter in that rampage. people who knew nancy lanza say she was devoted to her children. one aunt said she would come to school and help her son who was a quiet child. many say that nancy would also help friends an traingers. in the meantime, we still know very little about why the young gunman killed children at that elementary school. the fbi said they couldn't get information from a computer at the gunman's home because he had destroyed it with either a hammer or a screwdriver before that massacre. while we're hearing stories of mostly horrifying events related to the shooting, now we're also hearing a story of how one 6-year-old managed to survive. police say a 6-year-old girl
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preed -- pretended to be dead and that ultimately saved her life. many experts say while she's lucky to be alive, what she saw of her classmates being killed will stay with her the rest of her life. an 18-year-old in fairfield is behind bars, accused of posting online threats similar to friday's connecticut shooting. this man was arrested yesterday. investigators say a facebook on -- a post on facebook brought this about. and in the wake of the deadly shooting, many bay area schools are still on high alert. allie rasmus is live in pleasant hill with more on a scare yesterday that had police searching two local campuses. good morning, allie. >> reporter: well, good morning. we just talked to the principal at sequoia middle school who said after what happened
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yesterday, this prank call ended up being a false alarm but she says she wants toed send out the mess -- wants to send out the message that this threats are being taken seriously. now, the schools went into lockdown yesterday after someone called the front office and said "you're next" and simply hung up. police were notified. they came to the campus and they determined there was no real threat. the mt. diablo school district's superintendent sent a recorded message to all parents in the district explaining the content of that phone call and the school's response to and the principal of sequoia says even though this was a prank, their response was warranted. >> by no means is this a laughing matter. and people are apprehensive of returning to school. we need to make sure that we
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are staying.com and focused and safe. and by creating this sort of distraction it only adds to disrupt our school and student life. >> reporter: and that was the sequoia principal and the superintendent also added that a full investigation has been launched. police will be working with the phone's company to determine where that call came from. now, when some parents found out about this lockdown yesterday. they came to the schools to check thought the kids. the district said any parent who was ifed and goes through the -- fingerprinted and goes through the background, they can get involved and it is good to have extra sets of eyes on the campus of these schools to provide an extra layer of security. allie rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. a man from mill valley was arrested for the third time in a month after he refused to leave an animal shelter where his pets had been taken.
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police say his dogs and canaries were taken after he was arrested for a variety of offenses. he's accused of yelling at his apartment manager, blocking traffic, vie rating a court -- violating a court order in a custody case. police say he went to the shelter to get his animals back but he could not pay the impound fees. staffers say they asked him to leave several times and eventually they called police when he refused to go. well, crews will be shutting down part of a very busy contra costa road today. right now, one lane of marsh street road in clayton is closed. crews are trying to fix that road because a culvert has failed and it's possible a sinkhole is forming. about 9:00, marsh creek will be completely shut down between deer valley road and pine lane. if you are driving, you will be
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resouthed. but residents will still be able to -- resouthed but residents will still be abe -- rerouted but residents will still be able to get to their home. sal says it's busy at the toll plaza. >> yeah. these is this the last week to get things down -- this is the last week to get things done. christmas is next week. once you get on the span of the bridge it looks good. it's a different morning from yesterday. today it's better driving, to be sure. let's take a look at the san mateo bridge and traffic there is crowded getting out to the high rise. not stop and go but certainly a lot of people. one wrong move and i'm afraid this commute could turn bad. this is a look at the south bay at mckee, northbound 680. there is a crash there, northbound 680 at mckee. also on this map you will
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notice northbound 87 at kurtner there's slow traffic driving up to san jose. let's go to steve. thank you, sal. a very good morning. a very cold morning. mostly clear. there will be some clouds along the coast. but colder and windy. very cold tonight into tomorrow. we're -- freeze warnings and frost advisories are posted. today, windy and colder, mostly cloudy, partly sunny. and then we'll focus our attention on increasing clouds. rain returns and even mountain snow. this looks pretty impressive. we went into the weekend today. 37 degrees in crescent city and raining. that's pretty cold there. you can see some of the rain/snow mix. a lot of the:00 moving in run -- a lot of the cloud cover moving in runs through the coast. cold, windy, i've seen about 25, 35 miles an hour. higher 40s, mid-50s but that's right by the water's edge.
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the rain won't arrive until thursday, friday. men so dino, sonoma fog skirting the coast. some of that may -- mendocino, sonoma fog is skirting the coast. a lot of 30s and 40s. 31 ukiah. 34 eureka. that's really cold up there. even 20s, they will have single digits in tahoe and truckee. look for cold conditions, breezy and then after that, a low drops in right off the coast. it will start to dig and set up what looks to be i think three systems. some early projections between thursday and sunday. heavier rain will come in saturday. but 3 to 5 inches north bay. 1 to 2 around the bay. 2 to 4 the santa cruz mountains. windy and cold today. windy hills along the coast. mostly sunny.
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partly cloudies or a few showers to the north but low 50s for many inland areas, slight warmup near the coast and bay. i think 51 to 54 covers it for everybody. very cold. freeze warnings, north bay, frost advisories. clouds and late rain thursday in the north bay for everybody and then a series of systems coming through with the strongest one on sunday. tori and dave. >> that's a lot of rain there. apparently not everyone this holiday season is going high tech. bay area stores report they are selling more christmas cards this year. that may not mean fewer e cards but -- e cards but the buyers say they like the idea of a more personal connection. >> i've been getting a lot of cards. >> me too. >> yeah. 7:12. a possible fiscal cliff breakthrough. the big movement of -- the big
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movement on one of the biggest sticking points. and how president obama's statement following the connecticut school shooting has had a significant impact on gun sales.
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hawaii might sound goo. sun, in partly cloudy to the north. highs upper 40s, low 50, cold and breezy. >> thank you, steve. in burlingame, hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to victims of the connecticut schoal scooting. >> olivia engel, 6. [bell tolling] >> the names were read aloud -- and a aloud and a -- were read
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aloud and a candlelit for them. >> people in our community are just heartbroken over what's happened in connecticut. we all identify with the parents and with the community. these little children have been killed so horribly. >> one person with a special bond to newtown is betty. she grew up there and her grief was clearly visible during last night's service. more bay area candlelight vigil vigil are scheduled for tonight -- more bay area candlelight vigils are scheduled for tonight at 6:00 and ameral park in plan tonight -- in pleasant tonight. and also there will be one tomorrow. more people are buying guns these days after that tragedy in connecticut. gun owners in oregon, virginia, texas say many are buying guns fearing for their safety.
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some storeowners also say the president's promise to deal with the gun issue has caused an increase in sales. dick's sports goods says they are pulling certain rifles off the shelves nationwide. the company also announced it is taking all guns off closest to newtown. the company says that's out of respect for the victims and the families of last week's shooting tragedy. well, the connecticut shooting has a lot of people calling for tougher gun law controls. but that does not include the governor of texas, rick perry. coming up -- the offer made. new developments made this morning on the fiscal cliff. house speaker john boehner is offering what he calls a plan-b option. we're live in washington, d.c. to find out what exactly is
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this plan-b. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner took to the podium just a couple of minutes ago. he said this is a modified plan- b. we're gonna listen in right now. >> sure. that few american taxpayers are affected by the increase as possible, moving down that path is the right course of action for us. >> good morning. first, i would like to say that i think all of our hearts and prayers are with the families in newtown, connecticut. as a father, i cannot even imagine the utter horror that those families are going through right now, grieving the loss of their children -- >> we know we'll be hearing from john boehner in just minutes on the fiscal cliff negotiations. the latest we know is that he's looking at $1 trillion in revenue and $1 trillion in cuts. he and president obama are still very far apart on what should pay more in income tax rates. president obama is saying
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anyone who makes over $400,000. boehner's latest offer, those who make over $1 million a year. we'll have more on that when i see you next. more on this when i see you next hour. >> thank you. freedom for an american tv reporter and his production team released unharmed in syria after being held captive for five days. this is new video of nbc chief correspondent rich and engel and his crew safely back in turkey today. they were kidnapped last thursday after crossing into syria. they were tied up and blindfolded until they were freed yesterday, following a gun battle at a rebel checkpoint. >> the last fives were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all of the help. the last five days are days we
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would rather forget. >> ingle thinks his kidnappers were loyal to the syrian government. he says they were not physically abused but there was psychological torture. the kidnappers would ask them to choose which would be shot first and when they refused, there were mock shootings. 7:20. a preliminary hearing set said in the -- debt today in the case of a san francisco -- set today in the case of a san francisco couple who kissed a pimp. prosecutors say they murdered this man in june after finding out their daughter may have been working a as prostitute for him. he was shot -- as a prostitute for him. he was shot in his car. two other men are also charged in this case. and a preliminary hearing will be held today for a san francisco man accused of performing cosmetic surgery without a license. prosecutors say nine people reported getting botched
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procedures from carlos guzman at the derma clinic in san francisco's mission district. those procedures include liposuction and face lifts. he's also been charged with sexual assaults. lawmakers are considering a vehicle license fee increase. if approved, the fee would go up to 2% of the vehicle's value. that would raise about $70 million for the city. the board of supervisors will reside -- will decide whether to put the proposal on the november 2014 ballot. it would need a simple majority to pass. zip car is expanding its san jose fleet. the car-sharing business will add 15 new vehicles including one that's all electric. san jose will let those cars park for free in city-owned parking lots. every zip car results in 15 privately owned cars being taken off city streets. stip car already has 12 cars that park on private -- on
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private property in san jose. 7:22. you know this is getting cold. >> yes. >> steve promised it would get cold but it looks cold in that live picture. steve's coming back. he will tell you how cold it will get and when you will need an umbrella again. good morning. westbound 24. moderately heavy on the way between walnut creek and oakland. another traffic update along with a look at the bay area forecast -- straight ahead.
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welcome back. the governor of texas, rick perry, says he can solve and prevent any more mass shootings at schools like the one in connecticut. he says give guns to teachers. perry told a tea party group that "knee jerk gun control legislation is not the answer." instead, he say, teachers and administrators with proper training should be allowed to
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carry weapons on campus. >> if you go through the process and you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun license-carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state. >> now, the state of texas, like some other states, instead of seeing a boom in gun sales since the shooting, some people say they are buying guns for protection. others say they fear the gun control legislation will make it hard to buy guns in the future. 7:25. flags at school across the bay area will remain at half-staff until tonight. many schools have counselors available for students. schools are also sending out e- mails and making calls to parents ensuring their children are safe. many districts say they have several lockdown -- lockdown procedures in place.
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we want to check in with sal and see what's happening on the roads this morning. kind of busy, sal? >> it is busy. we were just having a conversation in the newsroom about how it will start to get lighter as we get closer to the christmas hoyle-- holiday. some people are noticing a little bit of a dropoff in traffic. i think by the end of the week you will really start to notice this. the bay bridge toll plaza is backed up for about a 20, 25- minute delay. also looking at peninsula because highway -- at the peninsula, highway 101 is about nine minutes from 380 to highway 92. not a bad traffic time. across the bay, southbound 880 heavier from 238 as you drive from union city. let's go to steve. sal, thank you. cold, windy, breezy for some. a few clouds up to the north and also along the coast.
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there's a lot of cold, unstable air coming down but there's too dry air coming to us. you can see some of that shower activity coming off the north coast. some of that could go right after the -- right off the coast. i think it will be a sunny, cold and breezy day. just so you know it will be very cold tomorrow morning. also frost and freeze warnings have been posted. we'll talk about that coming up more and also on the rain. 7:27. controversy in san mateo over a new 7-11 store. the reason some say that store should be shut down. >> reporter: we're live in concord at the scene of a brazen burglary. we'll tell you what the thief was after and how he did it. >> reporter: we're live in richmond where a house fire severely damages a home here. we spoke with the homeowner who says he's lucky to be alive. we'll have more on that when "mornings on 2" continues.
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a search is underway for a drive who deliberately crashed into a concord video game store. ktvu's tara moriarty is at the scene to tell us what the driver was after and if the store will be open today. >> reporter: no, the store will not be opened today.
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it's boarded up. the manager just put a sign on the board. can see there were dvds strewn all over the floor. shattered glass after someone drove through the door deliberately. the police say the thief smashed through the front door, metal framing, in order to steal items from a display case. it happened just before 4:00 this morning at the clayton county center. an alarm triggered the call to police. when officers arrived, it was a very dramatic-looking scene with a silver honda sitting in the store with the driver nowhere to be seen. police say the car is registered out of redwood city. they believe it was stolen. we're not sure if there was more than one thief and if they ran off and drove away. we spoke to the store manager. she's not allowed to appear on camera per her employer. she was pretty shocked. she's been here for the past
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three years. she said she spent most of the morning sweeping up the glass. crews have boarded up the store to prevent any further looting. there's a camera in the store but it's pointed toward the direction of the cash register and not the area of the person driving through. we don't know if that will show anything. this is a big shopper center. there's cameras around here that could provide police with clues that will show who they are looking for. tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right, tara. hours ago a house in richmond. ktvu's brian flores is at the scene along jer raw lin road -- ger raw -- jeralyn road. what happened, brian? >> reporter: we are and out the 63 -- we're on the 6300 block of jeralyn. there is a lot of damage to the
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back of the house. we just finished talking with the homeowner a few minutes ago. he's lived in the home for 17 years by himself. he says he was sound asleep at midnight. he woke up to his home completely blanketed and choking. he said it was so intense, he barely made it out alive. he said he believes the fire started in the kitchen but unsure how. he was treated for smoke inhalation but he's back home arresting -- resting. here's what he said. >> i'm so thankful that i'm alive. >> the center of the investigation, we'll -- we're having more witnesses and we'll investigations and we'll find out the cause of the fire. >> reporter: he ran to a nearby denny's to call for help, the homeowner said. he arrived back at 6:00 this
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morning still shaken up. the homeowner said there's significant damage. he said it could have been much worse. we're live in richmond, nine flores, ktvu channel 2 news. the governor in connecticut is calling for a moment of silence on friday to mark one week since the double shooting at sandy hook elementary. church bells will ring 26 times to represent each person who died at the school. school classes resume with the exception of sandy hook. today, jessica rios will be buried. two boys were buried yesterday. and the national rifle association has been uncharacteristically quiet following this shooting. >> shame on the nra!
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>> gun control advocates protested outside of the offices in washington, d.c. the nra has not releasedny statements since the -- released any statements since the shooting and its facebook page has disappeared following other mass shootings. new this morning, a private equity company where the california teachers' pension fund keeps some of its money. it says this will sell its stake to a gun manufacturer. yesterday, the teachers' pension fund said it was reviewing its investment in the private equity firm following the school shooting. two people were seriously hurt in oakland after being -- after being hit by a car. the man and woman were hit in
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the crosswalk. they were later rushed to the hospital. the driver did stop and is cooperating with police. very busy san francisco mall was evacuated. a fire broke out in a restaurant. firefighters were called to the westfield san francisco center on market street about 8:15 last night. firefighters found smoke in the building. it was coming from a flue fire. they quickly put tut the -- put out the fire. no one was hurt. shoppers were allowed back in the mall. a public hearing will be held in san mateo about the future of a new 7-11 store. last night, protesters picketed outside of the 7-11 on northbound sonoma drive. they are worried about the noise and traffic in the area. they say because of zoning laws, the city should have never given the store a permit to open earlier this month. >> the 7-11 parachuted in
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against the city laws. that's why we're here. we believe the city has not followed its own laws. >> the city council will determine whether the 7-11 will stay open since the land is technically zoned as a residential area. 7:37. sal is back. sal, you can take care of things on 880 right now? >> we're trying to. i think we're seeing good results. northbound 880. looking pretty good here as you pass the coliseum. maybe get a little bit slower later. but right now, it looks good. no major problems if you are driving at the toll plaza although there is a backup that stretches for about a 30-minute delay. it's crowded there. if you are driving on the peninsula, we've been keeping track. a lot of people say they are gonna get out of town for the weekend. now 11 minutes between 380 and san mateo on southbound 101 between 380 and 92. across the bay it looks good until you reach hayward and then it slows down.
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let's go to steve. >> it's cold. it will be colder tonight. in fact, cold, breezy, temperatures today, starting off 30s and 40s verses yesterday when it was mid-50s. mostly sunny. i say that because there will be some clouds going parallel to the coast e. the cold air comes down and -- coast. the cold air comes down and feeds off of the water. windy and colder today. already freeze warnings out for the north bay. it will still be mostly sunny. then thursday we increase the clouds. thursday night or early friday. probably thursday night. it will go friday, saturday, sunday. right now christmas eve and christmas day look okay. the cloud cover you can see. cold air coming down. it focuses its energy on the coast. temperature, cold and breezy. cold and windy along the coast. some of the higher elevations as well. some of the higher elevations.
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very low 50s and then we'll look at weekend rain starts on friday. it will be in here. some of these clouds could pop up. right along the sonoma coast. keep an eye on things here. 30s on the temperatures. 15, 20 degrees colder than yesterday. the coldest air arrives at the noon hour. 34 in redding. 38 in sacramento. if it weren't for the cloud cover, tahoe and truckee would be colder. they will be in the single digits, probably close to zero. a lot of very, very cold air continues to work its way in. 37 in crescent city and raining. it's cold for crescent city and anybody along coast. low pressure, and i mean a big one sets up across the pacific northwest. that won't be until friday. snow level looks to be around 4500 feet, there will be a lot of snow stacking up. >> , also shasta/lassen, truckee.
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the weekend looks pretty iffy and dicey. rainfall amounts might tweak this a little bit. but sierra rain friday and saturday. north bay 3 to 5 total between now and say sunday. 1 to 2 around the bay. 2 to 4 around the santa cruz mountains. windy, cold, though, today, especially hills along the coast. highs upper 40s or very, very low 50s. santa rosa is around 52, 53. pleasanton a little bit warmer to the coast. but really not by much. that cold wind. you will feel it. very cold tomorrow morning. 20s around the area, especially in wind protected areas. clouds increase on thursday. rain thursday night and then for friday, everybody will take it into the weekend. >> thank you. new california laws take effect for drivers in the new year. drivers will be able to use hands-free technology to talk and text while driving.
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drivers arrested on suspicion of dui will no longer have the option of a urine test and will have to give a blood sample. turning in weapon bees. how many were -- weapons. how many were turned in over a buy-back program. and a christmas tree stolen was such a sentimental loss for one family. [ female announcer ] martinelli's gold medal sparkling cider is the perfect choice for holiday gatherings. martinelli's is non-alcoholic, festive like champagne, and tastes great! martinelli's: since 1868.
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stocks are up this morning. optimism is growing that a deal would could be in the works to avoid a fiscal cliff.
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taking a live look at the big board, the dow is up 52. the nasdaq is up 9. s&p up 1. it is 7:44. students in newtown, connecticut are back in class this morning except for those who attend sandy hook elementary which was the scene of friday's deadly shooting. renee marsh joins us from newtown where the funerals for the young ones continue this morning. >> reporter: yes, tori. this week will be a week of funerals sadly, one after the other. we know that today will be the third young child who will be buried. we're talking about 6-year-old jessica rekos. the morning continues in newtown, connecticut. today, another young victim will be laid to rest. on monday, mourners said a final goodbye to 6-year-old jack pinto. >> very sad. very sad. the family took -- as hard as any parent would take it,
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losing their first grader. >> reporter: and a large crowd showed up to say goodbye to noah pozner. >> i started to cry. very close to home. >> reporter: students back to school, except for sandy hook elementary. monday flies and equipment were moved to a school in a neighboring town where sandy hook students will eventually return to class. >> that we really need to lead with love. we're putting our arms people. >> reporter: it's still unknown by the 20-year-old opened fire at the elementary school. authorities are analyzing evidence, interviewing witnesses, and looking at home computers, hoping to find answers. >> we know that the people of newtown want to know what happened. we're gonna provide them all information. we will paint a crystal clear picture as much as we possibly can. >> reporter: and right now, the
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a.t.f., they are zeroing in on all of the gun ranges in this area. the reason for that, investigators say they now know that the shooter used to go to target practice with his mother. back to you, tori. >> all right. rene marsh, live. thank you. 7:46. police in san francisco and oakland say this weekend's gun buy-back events were the most success full they've ever had. close to 600 guns collected in both cities. the turnout was so great, some drivers actually ran out of gas waiting for a parking spot at a buy back event in -- buyback event in east oakland. >> a woman happened to go in her closet and saw a shot gun laying there and decided she was gonna sell it. an event today in san
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francisco will mark one year since most american troops left iraq. the observance event begins at noon at the san francisco federal building on 7th street. one year after most american troops withdrew -- withdrew, iraq is still a dangerous place. yesterday, bombings killed 29 people. dozens more were wounded. during the night, iraq's president was rushed to the hospital. he had a stroke. former george w. bush will be released from a hospital, at least it looks that way. he's improving from lingering effects of bronchitis. doctors say his treatment is focused on physical therapy to help him get his strength back. the exact date of his release is still being determined. only on 2, one man trying to spread christmas cheer while dealing with the death of his
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grandson fell victim to scrooge again. pam cook is live in the newsroom with more. >> for the second time in two years, someone has stolen a living christmas tree right out of one man's yard in vallejo. chuck reed plan planted trees to -- planted trees to form a grove. one died. a second was stolen at christmas time last year and the third and final tree was ripped the right out of his yard last year. these are not ordinary trees. >> we lost our grandson a few years ago, a couple of days after christmas. that's why we started to put up the lights. >> that's why he wanted the -- planted the trees, in his grandson's memory. he says he doesn't know if he will plant more trees. he's been downsizing his decorations because of vandallists. coming up an incredible act of
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kindness. we have new information about the business dealings of an expect who sold the plane to mexican-american singer jenni rivera. the l.a. times reports that in 2001, a band based in san jose backed you out of the deal to buy another plane from that same executive. >> the band sued to recover a $400,000 deposit and said the plane was not acceptable. a public memorial for rivera is scheduled for tomorrow in the l.a. area. and patrick leahy will be sworn in as president of the senate replacing daniel inouye who died yesterday. he was a world war ii hero. he lost one of his arms after being hit by a german grenade. as a senator, daniel inouye
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played very key roles in the investigations into the iran contra scandals and watergate. he was 88 years old and died of respiratory complications. construction at uc berkeley is forcing food trucks to hit the road. berkeley city leaders notified trucks that they will have to move. the city says the university needs the space to begin construction on sproul plaza. uc students said it would be nice to see the trucks at another location close to campus. >> i think it's nice to have them around. i don't use them that often but it's nice to have an option. >> the city said it will be at least two years before the trucks can return. so far no word from food truck on es-- operators where they plan to reoperate. there's still -- they are still in shock and mourning after a high school athlete was
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killed in concord. what class nates want to do in that teen's memory. and -- classmates want to do in that teen's memory
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students and staff at concord high school are houring the death of a star student athlete. 17-year-old montrell blakely who was tragically killed. the school principal showed us his senior pictures. they were just taken on saturday, only a few hours before he was shot and killed in san francisco's bayview district. word of the young football player's death shocked his family and friends and grief counselors met with some 50 students. >> he was a good kid. everybody knew who he was. everybody wanted to be around him. >> a candlelight vigil will be held friday night at the concord high school football field and his teammates plan to donate christmas trees to media
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families in -- immediatey families in his -- needy families in his name. there is a special address to send letters and care packages to the survivors and their families in newtown, connecticut. the post office there expects a lot of mail. to show your support, send a box to 3700, newtown, connecticut. facebook will expand its nearby feature. until now, facebook uers -- users could see where their friends are. now it will compete with yelp. it will show what's nearby the users, including restaurants and businesses. users will be able to offer recommendations and ratings for those businesses. we want to check in with sal. what's going on in milpitas, sal? >> well, 237 westbound as you
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drive through, you will see stop stop-and-go traffic. it doesn't seem as deep as it is. when you get to sunnyvale, it looks okay. looking at the livermore valley, the traffic here looks a little bit slow, looking at some drive times here. about 30 minutes from grantline road to the 680 connector after that it looks better. 880 southbound is backed up from san leandro all the way to fremont. let's go to steve. >> cold and windy, especially for some. higher elevations on the coast. mostly sunny. could be a few clouds on the coast. generally, it's cold out there. it will get colder tonight and tomorrow. 30s for many. we're 20 degrees cooler than we were at this time. we have the 50s in the rain. 30s and low 40s. you can see a lot of that coming down from the northwest.
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it looks ominous. most of that cloud cover will dissipate before it makes it here. 50s on the temperatures. it will be very, very cool. talk about some warnings and watches -- coming up and also the weekend rain in about -- oh, ten minutes. will there be a strike at oakland airport this week? which airport workers may walk off the job in just a couple of days. >> reporter: we're live in redwood city where a hazardous team situation sent a group of people to the hospital. we'll tell you what household item was to blame and you will hear from one of the victims. a prank call sends two east bay schools into lockdown.
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welcome back to "mornings on 2." i'm tori campbell. >> good morning. i'm dave clark. it's tuesday, december 18th. well, eight people including firefighters needed medical care in redwood city because of a hazmat scare out there. ktvu's janine de la vega just talked to one of the victims. so what did they say? >> reporter: well, they are thinking about the memories last night and they said they had -- it was just a very -- he was released from the hospital.
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his neighbors we're told are back at home safe. he thinks that they are still sleeping right now. he tells me his symptoms were terrible. he couldn't smell anything but had a difficult time breathing. just after eight last -- after 8:00 last night, the fire department was called to a mobile home on bay road. the elderly couple who lived inside set off a fogger used to fill fleas. firefighters say they did not leave the house and started to feel ill. firefighters say that couple's two dogs -- they had two dogs and didn't realize that they needed to leave the house when they set off the fogger. firefighters arrived and they were exposed as well. here's what victims had to say. >> i didn't smell anything for a while. but then i started to taste it in my mouth and i got cotton mouth right away. i got this headache and walked out front, the fire department grabbed me, put me out here, put me in a sub and -- tub and put me in a zoot suit and
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hauled me away to the hospital. >> reporter: firefighters had everyone in the surrounding area shelter-in place-for a half-hour so they could not -- would not take in any -- would not take in any of the vapors. eight people were taken to the hospital for treatment. three firefighters and two ambulance workers the first responders are okay and one resident is okay. the elderly couple we're told is back at the house. the product that they used, their website said if you are gonna use one of these, set it off and you need to leave the
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house. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. schools are open in newtown, connecticut except for sandy hook elementary. we're also learning more details about the mother of the shooter. people who knew her say she was devoted to her two children. she would come to school and help her son who was a quiet child to interact with other children. she would help friends and strangers. she was a gun enthusiast who owned multiple guns and frequently took her son to a shooting range. we still know very little about the shooter and why he did it. they hope to glean some information. >> we're also hearing an
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amazing story of how one 6-year- old who was in one of the targeted classrooms survived. police say the little girl pretended to be dead in her first glace clam. experts say those images will probably haunt her for the rest of her life. after the deadly school shooting in connecticut, a lot of bay area schools are on high
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alert. allie rasmus has more. >> reporter: things are back to normal here at sequoia elementary school. class just got underway. you can see some of the parents dropping their kids off at school. yesterday morning this school was in lockdown. someone called the front office and said "you're next" and hung up. the school's principal said she was not about to take any perceived threat lightly. >> by no means is this a laughing matter. people are apprehensive coming to school anyway this week. we need to make sure that we are staying calm and staying focused and staying safe. >> the principal at sequoia called police immediately after that rank call came in. this school -- prank call came in. this school, another school and went into lockdown. the school said the response
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was not an overreaction and the parents we talked to agreed. >> it broke my heart that someone would call and scare the staff and school and also the parents. >> i want them to -- i wanted them to look down the school and the person who did this, they need to be punished. >> reporter: the principal into the mount diablo investigation has been launched and the police are working with the phone company to try to track down where that prink call came from so they can hold that person responsible. allie rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. two young boys from vallejo, 12 and 13 years old, they are accused of breaking into a house and stealing a rifle. police say the boys broke into a house on irene drive yesterday. they were seen running with a
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rifle case. both were arrested after a foot chase. police say when they questioned the children, one of them said he was going to use the rifle on police if they got -- police if they got too close. the 13-year-old is in juvenile hall. the 12-year-old was turned over to his parents. today a ripmond man is expected to be sentenced to death for killing his ex- girlfriend and another man at the richmond san rafael toll plaza in 2009. during his trial, nathan burris said he shot and killed debra ross and ercy everette because he was jealous of their relationship. he also said he had no regrets
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an preferred the death penalty instead of life in prison. 8:05. a man to -- plan to expand a sikh temple in fremont is running into complaints. the temple is on ridarra road in the niles district. temple leaders want to expand it from 28,000 square feet to 41,000 square feet. some of the neighbors say traffic and parking were already a big problem because of the temple. food service workers at oakland international airport may go on strike this week. the workers say they've been without a contract for months. they will go on strike unless an agreement is reached by midnight thursday. now, the two sides are arguing over healthcare costs. the workers also say the airport contractor has proposed getting rid of paid meal breaks and freezing hourly wages. today, a proposal to lower
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taxi medallion fees in oakland is being considered of the plan would reduce the fees in half to about $500 a year. every cabdriver needs a taxi medallion to really operate. two -- really operate. two city councilman proposed this. critics say since medallions are paid for by cabbie, the companies can decide how much to charge drivers even if the fees are low. new this morning -- new this moring, sandhill road has been reopened. this is after a suspected dui driver hit a fire hydrant. the driver was arrested. >> at first, the guiser was about 50 feet high. it was a constant stream of
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water. >> the good news, no one was hurt. time now 8:08. sal is back. i thought you would have cleared the toll plaza by now, sal. >> if i could, dave, i would. >> yeah. >> but you know, one of the things i'm glad you mentioned that, if you look at it today, you will notice it was better than it was yesterday. you can see traffic is a normal drive for this time of the morning. 20 to 30 minutes. some days in the last few when we've had rain, it's been more like an hour. so if you are driving there today, you are gonna be happy for the another malty to be back. let's go to san francisco. northbound 101 as you approach the 80 split. i think the word i meant to use there was normal. i apologize. i made up a word. northbound 101 approaching the 880 split. that traffic looks good. if you are driving on the peninsula, i want to mention a traffic time if we look at
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pacifica to half moon bay. 25 minutes not too bad. >> a knew clouds off the coast -- let's go to steve. a few clouds off the coast. code and breezy, mostly clear. partly sunny. clear inland. a few more clouds toward the coast. but 30 to 45 up in clearlake. breezy and chilly, sun and clouds later on. still a lot of 30s in there. napa, fairfield, antioch, concord, livermore and redwood city, san rafael, 38 degrees. i think mill valley i saw 39. it will even be colder tonight
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and tomorrow. cold and breezy. some of this cold air will continue to filter in. a little bit warmer near the coast. and then friday, saturday, sunday. it's weekend rain. ky see some of that cloud cover again kind of popping up on the sonoma coast. keeping an eye on things. i think it loses a lot of its support. right along the coast, we might see a few brief showers for partly to mostly cloudy skies. after wednesday, then we start to draw our attention to a developing low. it looks like it will set up for a series of systems. not as strong and wet as we had about three days ago. rain and snow. the last system was a lot of main, not much snow. this system will be around 4500
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feet. the strongest of this system appears to be sunday. 3 to 5 north bay. around there, could be 1 to 2 to the north. 2 to 4 in the santa cruz mountains. very cold tonight, tomorrow morning. we'll have 20s, not the coast, but widespread 20s. clouds increase on thursday. and then for everybody on friday and then a series of systems kind of work their way in. the strongest one will be on sunday. 8:11. this is a sad update to tell you about. it's about that abandoned dog in santa cruz. a springer spaniel tied up to a pole that said homeless had to be euthanized. he had an open wound and it
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became ineffected. a good samaritan -- infected. a good samaritan brought it to the animal shelter. abandoning an animal that's suffering, that's against the law. if you have any information about who owned the dog, call the animal shelter. 8:12. a new twist in the fiscal cliff debate this morning. >> so at the same time works's gonna continue -- we're gonna continue to talk with the president we're gonna move plan- b. the concerns of some people in los gatos about a new store that plans to sell guns. arianna is creating a special drawing just for me...
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cold out there. temperatures today mainly upper 40s, low 50s. kind of a cold, breezy kay -- day. 8:15. house speaker john boehner john boehner wrapped up a news conference about tax hikes and spending cuts. as kyla campbell reports, they are working on a plan-b. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner john boehner says moving forward with his plan could keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. >> it's not a time to put americans through more stress. >> reporter: boehner says his latest protect exthe majority of americans. those who make less than $1 million a year. but it's essentially a short-
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term deal. he and president obama just met face to face yesterday and boehner said talks will continue. the president still wants to raise the income tax rate on households making more than $400,000 a year. boehner says there is room to compromise. >> i would put a trillian on the table if you were willing to put a trillionian on the table -- trillion on the table. >> reporter: don't expect a quick deal. house democratic leader nancy pelosi says boehner's plan-b is questioned dead on arrival ." back to you. new safety concerns in the town of los gatos where a new sports store plans to sell guns. templar plans to open on university avenue. the owner says the -- the store
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serve the community. >> i would like to see if there's any way that we could get these people who own this to keep it some sort of guarantee that maybe they won't sell clips that hold 100 bullets >> any decision would not affect templar sports unless the store either expands or moves. 8:17. a man in oregon says he came face to face with the man suspected of killing two people in a portland mall last week. >> i kept saying drop it, drop
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the gun. >> he was at the clackamas mall with a friend and her 4-month- old baby when the masked man opened fire. that's when the man who had a permit to carry a gun, pulled out his firearm and -- >> i'm not beating myself up because i didn't shoot him but i know that after he saw me, i think that was the one -- the last shot he fired that was the one he used on himself. >> in addition to the two killed, a 15-year-old girl was seriously injured. she's expected to survive. an american tv reporter and his team are free in the middle east. they were released unharmed today in syria after being held captive for five days. this is video of richard engel and his view safely back in turkey today. they were kidnapped last thursday after crossing into syria from turkey. the group was tied up and blindfolded until they were freed yesterday following a gun
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battle at a rebel checkpoint. >> five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. the last five days are some days that we would rather forget. >> engel, who speaks fluent arabic, thinks his kidnappers were soil to the syrian government. he said they were in -- loyal to the sire re yun government. he said they were not physically -- syrian government. he said they were not physically abusive. a popular children's foy is being recalled. the consular products safety commission says -- consumer products safety commission says water balls and the other varieties can be dangerous if you swallow them. these toys absorb water and they can expand to 400 times the original size. starting next fall there
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will be a new way to tell which tv shows like "mornings on 2" are the most popular. twitter is teaming up with the nielsen rating company to create the new rating system. it will measure what shows viewers are talking about as they watch tv. advertisers are expected to view the twitter ratings as a useful and extra mention about the popularity of a program. we like to think "mornings on 2" is pretty popular. >> why he. the oakland as plan to imagine a major announcement. and this one comes with an international twist. [ singing christmas carols in background ]
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8:23. there's new trouble for the plant in southern california. federal regulators say a japanese company that made the generators may be looking for fixes with the wrong equipment. sap san onofre shut down for two months. astronomers tracking a north korean satellite launched into place last week say it although it appears to have
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problems, it could remain in orbit for several years. data shows the brightness of the satellite has been fluctuating. that means it's likely tumbling as it orbits. apparently the satellite is continuing to complete orbits. it's possible that north korea could determine how to fix it and regain control. the oakland as will be calling a news conference today, all of the team will say it's a mere announcement. they will reportedly say they have agreed to the japanese short stop niroshima. now, nakajima is a seven-time all star with a .3302 batting average and -- .302 batting average. let's check in with sal. how are things going at the toll plaza. >> it's busy there. it's not bad compared to some
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of the last few days we've had. this is a look at the toll plaza. it looks like it's prime everyoning a little bit -- it looks like it's improving a little bit. once you get to the bridge, it looks good. still slow. we've been looking at commutes for you on the nimitz freeway, southbound traffic is backed up as you drive past 238. we have a couple of minor things near marina boulevard. really most of the slow traffic is between hayward. let's go to steve. >> thank you, sal. just heard from oakmont, 29 degrees. 29 degrees. i think it will be -- oh, yeah. i think it will be 24, 25 tomorrow morning. tomorrow morning will be colder. just letting you know. a few clouds developing along the coast because, well, that very cold unstable air has more to work with over the seasonably warmer ocean water than inland. still some partly cloudies along coast. otherwise it will be mostly
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clear. 30s. temperatures have been going down. yesterday at this time we were in the mid-50s. we were 20 degrees cooler. big temperature drop today. the morning team on k-fog -- >> yeah. >> weekend rain that will be our attention. see some of those clouds pointing around, cape mendocino, northern snow na coast, toasting -- sonoma coasts. it's cold. it will be colder tomorrow. some of that cloud cover will work its way around the coast. i will say partly cloudy on the coast. mostly sunny inland. low 50s for some. i might be off the mystic on some of these. the days are so short now. very cold tomorrow. it will be sunny but very cold in the morning. rain. say goodbye to the cold.
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low snow levels around 4,000 feet. as we go into the weekend, there will be some pretty good rain. part of a busy east bay road shut down because there may be a sinkhole. the area you drivers should avoid during the morning commute. >> reporter: we're live in concord at the scene of a brazen burglary at a video game store. we'll tell you if it coulden effected to another store that was recently hit. look! a shooting star!
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police in concord are searching for a drive who drove his car through a video game store. tara moriarty has been there all morning. she's live there. >> reporter: west's just received information from that -- we've just receive some information that a radio shack in the area was hit this morning on ignacio valley road and oak grove road. they showed us pictures of the store all boarded up. this sa game shop here. you can -- this is a game shop here. you can see that someone drove right through the storefront. concord police say a brazen driver drove through the front door in order to steal items from a display shop.
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it happened at 4:00 in the morning and and an alarm triggered the call to police. when the officers arrived, the car was still inside the car. the driver nowhere to be scene. police say the car was registered out of redwood city. te believe it was stolen. we're not sure if there's more than one thief and if they ran off or drove away in another car. crews have boarded up the store to prevent any looting. but it will remain closed today. this game shop is sandwiched between two stores. the sprint store said they don't display real smartphones, just dummies. there are two real ones but those are locked down and connected to an alarm. apparently the thief stole thousands of dollars worth of iphones. live in concord, tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news.
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8:31. a rude awangenning for a rich -- awakening for a richmond man who woke up to find his house on fire. brian flores is at the scene. >> reporter: good morning. that man, that homeowner, is actually recovering inside his home. go ahead and take a look -- take a look. this is the house. not too much damage in the front of the house but a lot of damage in the back of the house. now, fire departments responded at around 3:00. we just finished retalking with a homeowner about an hour ago. he says that he was sound asleep around midnight when a couple of hours later he woke up with his home completely blanketed in smoke. he said it was so intense, he barely made it out alive. he believes that the fire started in the kitchen. it's still unclear how it officially started. he was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation but he was back here resting. here's more on what he had to
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say. >> i had my fire alarm as i went to sleep. i went to sleep. everything is okay. in the middle of the night, i woke up choking on smoke. >> it's under investigation. more evidence and more interviews with the residents will find out the cause of the fire. >> reporter: again, that fire is under investigation. the homeowner, interestingly enough, he says he actually ran about a mile from here to a nearby denny's to call for help. he says he didn't want to bother his neighbors at the time. he did arrive back home at 6:00 this morning. still shaken up. but he tells us he's glad he's okay. back out here live, the homeowner says there's no significant damage to the front of the house but there is a lot to the kitchen, the floors and walls as well. brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. 8:33. crews will be shutting down
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part of a busy contra costa road today because of a potential sinkhole. right now, one lane of marsh creek road in clayton is closed. crews are trying to fix the road because a culvert has failed and a potential sinkhole is starting to form. at 9:00 this morning, marsh creek will be completely shut down between deer valley road and pine lane. drivers will be reouted but people who live in the area will still have access to their homes. 8:34. sal is watching that and everything else. you are starting in contra costa county, though. >> that's right the we're looking at highway 4 to start this report off. highway 4 looks pretty good. it's improved a little bit. there goes b.a.r.t. b.a.r.t. is a good way to get there. if you are driving late this morning, it could be a benefit for you. 680 is slow. looking at the toll plaza, it's -- that's improve the quite a bit. it's still about a 15-minute delay. you can see the traffic coming
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in from 880 is lighter. if you can driving on the nimitz freeway, still heavy and slow, especially from union city to fremont. let's go to steve. >> crystal clear. it's cold out there. a couple of upper 20s. there will be widespread 20s. windy and colder. mostly sunny inland, partly cloudy to the coast. very cold tomorrow morning. already freeze warnings are out and a frost warning out for everybody else. mostly sunny tomorrow and then clouds increase. this will be a little bit of a different pattern. it will be rain and snow whereas the last one was mainly -- mainly rain. looks like a very, very chilly
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day. there's definitely instability coming down. there could be a popup shower or two close to the coat. 30s are the big story. 29 in oakmont. i'm sure there will be a ton of them tomorrow. temperature drop, cold and breezy. temperatures really taking a plunge here, especially tonight into tomorrow morning. highs upper 40s, low 50s. upper 40s some of the higher elevations. after wednesday, we start to talk about rain. this will lose a lot of its punch but still a few isolated showers are possible, especially for the north. 21 tahoe. tomorrow probably, 0 to below zero. 32 in ukiah. 29 redding. there's very cold air to filter in. it will start to move in not only get heating with daylight hours. but the days are so short. windy and cold. that wind, coast and around the
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bay. tonight, clearing rapidly and very cold tomorrow morning. there will be a lot of 20s, upper 40s and low 50s and then we say rain, there could be moderate to heavier amounts especially friday into sunday. 8:37. schools are open again in newtown, connecticut. students are back accept for those of some. rene marsh is live where there will be another funeral today. >> reporter: that's right, dave. when these students return to school today, they return to see a police presence as well as grief counselors. meantime, the parents of 6-year- old jessica rekos prep to bury her. the morning continues in newtown, connecticut. today, another young victim will be laid to rest. on mondayer, mourners said a final goodbye to 6-year-old jack pinto. >> it was very sad.
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very sad. the family took a -- you know, as hard as any parent would take it, losing a first grader. >> reporter: a large crowd showed up to say goodbye to 6- year-old noah pozner. >> i just started to cry. i -- very close to home. >> reporter: students in the area head back to the school tuesday except for sandy hook elementary students. monday, supplies and equipment were moved to a school in a neighboring town where sandy hook students will eventually return to class. >> we really need to leave with love. that's what i'm seeing our community do. we're putting our arms around each other. >> reporter: it's ill stun known why the -- it's still unknown why the 20-year-old opened fire. >> we know that the people -- the people of the town of newtown, want to know what happened. we're going to do that. we're going to provide them any information and all
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information. we'll paint a crystal color picture as much as we possibly can. >> reporter: and in response to this shooting here in newtown, connecticut, dick's one of the largest sporting good retailsers, they've decided to pull automatic of their -- all of their guns out of the store here in newtown, connecticut. they are suspending sale of certain semi-automatic rifles nationwide. dave, back to you. >> rene marsh live from newtown, connecticut. thank you. last night in burlingame, mourners gathered. >> olive vau engel, 6 -- olivia engel, 6. >> 20 tiny flames represented those children taken april way too soon -- away too soon.
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>> i think it feels like our country needs to be rue nighted. >> it's kind of a way to pay respects to kind of make peace. >> one person with a special bond in newtown is betty. she grew up there. her grief obviously, you see it right here. very dis-- very visible during last night's service. two more bay area candlelight vigils are scheduled tonight. one at -- one tonight at amaral park in partly sunniton. and then if you want to be there, you are encouraged to bring notes, showing support for the victims' families. donations will also be accepted for those people in newtown. 8:40. while there's been a lot of talk about increasing gun control, there's also been an increase in gun sales in the last few days since the tragedy
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in connecticut. gun storeowners in states like oregon, virginia and texas, say many people are buying guns fearing for their own safety. other storeowners say the president's promise to deal with the issue has also caused an increase in sales. >> well, the connecticut school shooting has many people calling for stricter gun laws but not governor rick perry. coming up, solutions offered by perry to tea party supporters. 8:41. there are thieves who did more than just steal a christmas tree in vallejo. it's a heartbreaking story. we'll tell you what happened with this stolen tree. >> reporter: a prank call at an east bay school leads to a police investigation. why the school's principal and parents here say their response was not an overreaction. [ boy 1 ] hey! that's the last crescent.
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stocks have been slightly higher on wall street. the nation's home builders are increasingly confident based on the latest survey from their trade group. taking a live look at the big board, the dow is up 78 and the nasdaq is up slightly as well. up 30 and the nasdaq -- i'm
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sorry, the s&p is up 11. flacks at school across the bay area will remain at half- staff until tonight to honor victims of friday's deadly shooting. many schools including pleasanton and san ramon districts have counselors and schools are sending out e-mails and making calls to parents ensuring their children are safe. they have several lockdown procedures in place. texas governor, rick perry, has a solution to prevent any more has shootings at schools. wants to arm teachers. he said knee-jerk gun control legislation is not the answers. he said teachers and administrators with proper training should be allowed to carry weapons on campus. >> if you go through the process and you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a -- a concealed
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handgun license-carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in the state. >> texas like some other states have seen a boom in gun sales since the newtown school shooting. some people say they are buying guns for protection. others say they fear gun control legislation would make it difficult to buy weapons in the future. >> after the deadly school shooting in connecticut, many bay area schools are still on high alert. allie rasmus is in pleasant hill with more about a scare yesterday and why two schools were searched. allie? >> reporter: well, classes in session here at sequoia middle school in pleasant hill. it's just another normal day here but yesterday morning it was a bit of a different story when all 800-plus students when the school went into lockdown. it was all because of a zaire that -- scare that turned out to be a prank. yesterday someone called the
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front office and said, you are next, and then hung up. the school called police and then they went into lockdown and so did the elementary school and another nearby daycare. police say the sweep of the campus determined there was no real threat but the principal said their response was not an overreaction. >> there's no such thing. number one is safety. we have to ensure our students' safety and take those precautions necessary to ensure that safety. >> i appreciate their actions. i want them to lock the school down an have security on campus. i want them to be very safe. the person who -- the person who did this should be punished. >> reporter: the superintendent the mt. diablo school district has a -- says a full investigation has been launched with the police. the police are working with the school district's company to track down where that prank call came from and hold that person who made the call
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responsible. allie rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. let's bring you up to date with some of the other top stories. the schools in newtown are open again except for sandy hook elementary. people filed in this church again, another young shooting victim is being laid to rest. in washington, how john boehner announced he's pushing forward with a plan-b just in case he and president obama can't reach a deal on how to avoid the fiscal cliff. his plan-b would go up for any of those earning less than a million dollars a year. the white house said the speaker's plan-b will not pass the u.s. senate. so it will not protect -- because it will not protect middle school families. that statement says the president is hopeful both sides can still work out their differences and reach a solution. and eight people including three firefighters were taken to the hospital after a hazmat
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situation overnight in redwood city. it happened on barron avenue. authorities say it appears people living in a mobile home set off a bug fogger that created those hazardous fumes. none of the injuries are believed to be serious. 8:49. in the story you will see only on 2, another christmas tree has been stolen from a family's front yard. these trees have great sentimental value. pam cook has the story of one man trying to celebrate the season while also dealing with heartbreak. >> for. second time in two years, someone has stolen a living christmas tree from a home in vallejo. chuck reed planted three trees in honor of his grandson who died of cancer a few years ago right after christmas day. one of the trees died. and then the last year, one of the trees was stolen and now this tree was taken right now of the -- right out of the
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ground. >> i would have brought them a tree, i would have bought them a tree. it wouldn't be the first time i bought somebody a christmas tree. >> reporter: he says he's not sure if he will plant any more trees. he will probably not because of the vandalism getting worse. he also says he's not gonna let this take away his christmas spirit. dave and tori? >> thank you. some instagram users, they are furious, the new policy change starting in the new year and why some are threatening to walk away. a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. sal will have an update on wait times during the last week of your morning commute on "mornings on 2." same with aladdin. the biggest in bail. no one has lower prices, is faster or more professional. aladdin bail bonds. bigger because we're better.
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8:53. if you use instagram, be advised. your photos may end up in advertisements without your permission and you won't be paid for it. instagram, that photo-sharing app, they are changing their terms of service policy. it will make your photos and other information you share fair game for advertisers. the only way to protect your photos and information is to deactivate your account and there are some users saying they will do just that. the policy changes take effect january 16th. well, tonight a public hearing will be held in commit about the future of a new --
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san mateo about the future of a new 7-11. picketers were out picketing about the noise and traffic this could attract. they say because of zoning laws, the city should have never given the store a permit to open up this month. >> a gym for a school takes four years to get approved. a lot of neighborhood comments. there was none here. >> the city council will determine whether the store can stay hope. samsung does not have to pull some of its old smart phones out of u.s. stores. a judge denied apple's request to have those phones banned. earlier a jury decided the phones do violent some apple patents. but the judge says the technologies used by the phones is covered by hundreds of patten tents -- patents.
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samsung is ordinaried to pay apple $1 billion. walmart's mexican affiliate routinely used bribes to open up stores. a paper reports that 19 occasions when mexican officials were paid off by wal- mex. bay area stores are selling more christmas cards this year, they say, and that may not mean fewer e-cards. buyers say they just like the idea of a more personal connection with their family members and friends. the city of san francisco has started tearing down an historic building once housing the largest swimming pool in the nation. it was destroyed by a fire.
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the fire happened december 1st at the fly shacker pool building right near san francisco's zoo. investigators later determined the building was just not safe and it needed to be torn down. the cause of the fire, still under investigation. by the way, the fly shacker poolhouse was built in 1925. it is 8:56. today's winners of ticket tuesday get to sail away with the round-about theater company. five lucky viewers will win tickets for "anything goes" at the going theater. the store won three 2011 tony awards. for your chance to win go to ktvu.com before midnight and put in the secret word "ship." i have to say that carefully. "ship." >> ship. >> yes. we need smooth sailing around the toll plaza, sal.
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>> good enunsation, tori -- annunciation, tori. >> dave mentioned the traffic is getting better. we've seen market improvement. i think that will make everyone happy. we'll see people -- the traffic will get lighter. northbound 101 approaching the 80 split. that traffic is moderate. on the peninsula we have busy traffic on the bayshore. i would advise 280 instead. let's go to steve. a cold, breezy -- cold, breezy out there, sunny, inland. partly cloudy along the coast. temperatures will be chiy -- will be chilly. it will be very cold tonight. we found it up for thursday and then rain for the weekend. >> not too cold for tori. >> if you have a chance to look at bill martin's forecast, tongue and cheek -- [laughter] >> temperatures about 1200 degrees. hopefully that's not accurate.
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